A Slice Of Fried Gold Special: Picks For 2013 Highland Edition playlist

Hey everybody, here’s the fantastic local acts that you heard on the show today:

Furry Vengeance – My Little Ray Of Sunshine
The Whisky River Band – No Regrets
Topher Elliot – The Old Wood
Toby Michael’s Rolling Damned – Save Me
Siiga – Ikuenora
The Maginot Band – Waking Up To The Rain (parts 1 and 2)
Red Kites – Beat In Time
The Oxides – It’s All Going Wrong Today
Alice Bentley – Scottish Rain
Cleavers – The Rain Will Never End
Jemma Tweedie – Two Hands
Donald Macdonald (and the Islands) – Old Style Arrow
Josephine Sillars – Corners
Megan Blyth – Freedom Of Silence
Be Like Pablo – The Things You Do
Duncan Overmeer – Better Left Unsaid
Estrella – Come Out To Play
Rachel Sermanni – The Fog
Last Summer Effect – Passion
PAWS – Sore Tummy
Roadway – Fight For Freedom

Tune in tomorrow for the picks from the rest of the world, 3 to 5PM http://www.abcradio.co.uk or ABC Radio Alness on the TuneIn app. Hope everyone has a great New Year and thanks very much for listening. The show will be on Mixcloud soon and there’ll be a link on the Facebook page for that.

Music News 26/12/2012

No rest for the wicked! Well that’s not entirely true, I took yesterday off. Anywho a plethora of videos for you and a couple of demos before some of them become completely irrelevant.

It’s Boxing Day so you can still get away with a bit of Christmas music. Fash Stewart had his camera out over the weekend at the Tea Posy so first up here’s a few videos from his Christmas Bash on Thursday. Here’s The Fedarals with My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It. Next up, Chris Roberts with Santa’s Workshop. Not for kids really, and yes puns are too far man! Follow that up with Dan Leckie with White Christmas/I’m a Monkey. And finally, possibly, another traditional one. This is Josephine Sillars with a lovely rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas that brought one audience member to tears!

I say possibly because I’m not sure if this one is from the Christmas Bash or the Saturday Set. So this is the Slim Panatellas with guests Hamish Roberts and Fash Stewart (HOW DID HE FILM IT THEN?!) with Worried Man Blues. Going by the fact that Donald is there and not Santa that’s from Saturday. From later that Saturday, here’s a chunk of the Donald Macdonald (and the Islands) set which was awesome and is reviewed here.

Managed to continue my trend of not getting caught on film there too.

New demo time, this one from Sid Innes. Little lo-fi recording of new tune When Yer Bloo which is an uplifting wee number.

And lastly a band I don’t write much about as they don’t post much, Great White Elephant with a new acoustic demo called Smile which is fantastic and shows that we need more of them please.

That’ll do ya, back to day job tomorrow so if you still have time off have a lie in for me would ya? Sigh…

Donald Macdonald and the Islands @ The Greenhouse review


Katie’s lovely handywork

It was a busy couple of days in The Greenhouse. Crazy night on Thursday for Fash’s Annual Christmas Extravaganza, a very well attended Saturday set in the afternoon and then on Saturday evening the final gig of the Donald Macdonald (and the Islands) tour. And the place was HEAVING when I got there. Standing room only, and in some areas barely even that. Mainly there for the main men themselves obviously but they were also in for a treat to start off with.

Sorry for the dodgyness of the pictures as usual. Let’s hope I have a better camera at some point in the coming year!


Solo sapling Alice Bentley

As with pretty much every gig there was some support on offer and it came in the shape on Dingwall native Alice Bentley from the Young Trees. Unfortunately it was a rather noisy crowd for the Greenhouse, felt more like Hoots really, but this didn’t put her off at all. After the set I was talking with Alice and she admitted to suffering pretty badly from stage fright before every gig. It doesn’t show in the least though. Alice came across as a very comfortable performer who belongs in front of an audience. Great guitar playing, lovely voice and a mix of covers in her own style and original tracks. Her own style being what I’d describe as pop folk, something that appears to be on the rise. A seasonal cover, Santa Baby, was given a bit more energy that the more famous versions, while her cover of U2’s With or Without You was more mellow. Alice doesn’t have a soaring voice, more of a delicate one, so none of Bono’s wailing just lovely lovelyness. I didn’t get a note of the names of the originals as I’m useless but they were all very good, and the one I do know the name of (Scottish Rain) sounds just as great solo as it does with the whole Young Trees forest.

2 other things of note as well. She doesn’t suffer from Fiddly Tuner Syndrome, will have a wee check to make sure things are sounding okay but that’s it. Very glad to see that. And while the between tracks banter was light it was present which is also a good mark. Despite what may be going on inside before a gig, and EVERYONE gets a bit of stage fright, what you see is a talented young lady who should go very far. And has a very proud mum.


Sexy McSexy (and the Sexys), random superfan on the left

After a bit of turn around setting up time it was time for the main event, Donald Macdonald (and the Islands). Who, as you can see from the caption, I’m reliably told are a very attractive group of young men. I don’t care about that myself, I like girls, but I do care about what kind of music they produce. Their first EP is very familiar to me and listeners to the radio show as they’ve had a few spins at this point. Live they are that but a wee bit more. Turned up a notch or two. Whether it’s just because it was the last gig of the tour or if they always do this live I don’t know but they certainly gave it their all. I mean look at the Jake Bolt rivaling sweat levels


Wet T-shirt contest

So they produce some loud folk rock then, with plenty of quiet bits thrown in. In many ways a bit of a north west answer to Fatherson in the varied pace and energy levels, with more subtle vocals from Donald than comes from Ross. Very distinct from each other, but a similar effort vibe. The crowd and this reviewer were loving it and the band were giving back their all. Bit of singing along and lots of clapping. There was waltzing. There was bouncing. AND there was crowd surfing. A challenge for some crowd surfing was put forth and local celebrity wild child Josephine Sillars (kidding about the wild child bit) stepped in. With a lift from Fash and a boost from myself, hence no picture, she was up on the sea for a bit and walked away the proud owner of a DMac t-shirt.

Not the first time there’s been crowd surfing in the Tea Posy btw but I do believe it’s a first for a folk gig!

The set was a mix of high energy folk rock with mellower ballads thrown in and a great time was had by all. Alas my notes are a bit sparse as I was one of the all. Plus I accidentally found myself in the midst of the sizeable crowd. I can tell you that they threw every last ounce they had in to the final number which was actually quite punky. Basically this isn’t your grandpa’s folk music by any means.

You’ve missed your chance for the year for either of these acts I think, but if you get the shot next year to see either Alice (slash Young Trees) or DMac and the I’s then get yourself along. You won’t regret it. You can pick up an EP from the main men here and they have another EP in the works for release….I dunno, probably a month or two. You’ll hear it on this page when that happens, and can keep up on Facebook here.

A Slice Of Fried Gold playlist for 18/12/2012

Hey kids, here’s all of the tunes that you heard on the show this evening.

DOREC-A-BELLE – LISTEN FROM DOREC-A-BELLE EP
PURPLE DIVIDE – FREEDOM
LAST SUMMER EFFECT – RED AND GOLD
DONALD MACDONALD AND THE ISLANDS – VISIONS OF HOME FROM DONALD MACDONALD AND THE ISLANDS EP
THE RAGAZZI – FRESH FACED
NAKED RED – TRIP ME UP
FURRY VENGEANCE – MY LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE
TOBY MICHAELS’ ROLLING DAMNED – A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOU FANCY
JEMMA TWEEDIE – DRUNKEN COASTAL TOWN FROM TWO HANDS EP
AILSA JEAN LYALL MATHEWS – OCTOBER
JOSEPHINE SILLARS – WORST DAY OF MY LIFE
TOPHER ELLIOTT – THE OLD WOOD
TEAM KAPOWSKI – BIENVENUE BITCHES
THE MYSTIC SHOES – I’M ON FIRE FROM BLOOD, SWEAT AND BEERS EP
THE WHISKY RIVER BAND – BACK TOWARDS THE TRUTH FROM THE TAMING OF ME
IAIN MCLAUGHLIN AND THE OUTSIDERS – RAPID EYE MOVEMENT FROM WE ARE ALL OUTSIDERS
CAPITALS – ODE TO AN END
THE OXIDES – IT’S ALL GOING WRONG TODAY
FRANK O HAGAN BAND – SCHOOL FOR THE BLUES FROM JOCK’S JUKE JOINT VOL 1
CLEAVERS – THIS RAIN WILL NEVER END FROM LIFE IS SH*T 7”
SAINT MOTEL – BENNY GOODMAN FROM VOYEUR
CONOR MASON – LIGHTS FROM STANDSTILL

Thanks for listening! Next show is on 24/12/2012 from 3pm until 5pm. It’s a Christmas special hosted by Santa himself! But, I’m also on this Saturday (15/12/12) between 2 and 3Pm. Bit of a different format for that one and I take requests so no play list posts. Give it a listen and ask for whatever the heck you want! Still at http://www.abcradio.co.uk or search ABC Radio Alness on the TuneIn app on your fancy smart device

Brew at the Bog 2013 Preview!

I only managed to make it to a few festivals last year, 3 to be exact, and I loved every one. Hopefully 2013 will contain a couple more but for me the festival season starts with a very specific one. Brew at the Bog. Held at award winning venue Bogbain Farm it’s got a friendly atmosphere, some great music, some great beer from Brew Dog and….bloody cold weather. WELL 2012 did anyway. While it’s set at the May Day bank holiday weekend this years was unseasonably cold. And that’s the important bit. The one negative thing….shouldn’t have happened. So there’s a very good chance that this year it won’t. And even if it does, it didn’t put anyone who attended down and we all still had a damned good festival.

PLUS it’s only £20. £30 if you camp and you probably should as the craic at the campsite on the Friday night was great. I wimped out and went home on the Saturday so can’t really speak to that night. Won’t be the case this year though, I’m hardened now. If camping isn’t for you it’s really close to Inverness anyway so you can get a hotel room or something. Or just go home after if you’re local.

Here is a bit of what last year was like from Breaking News North (yes, that’s me) and here’s a wee session with Anna Meldrum from Kitty The Lion.

So this year it falls on the 4th of May, here’s who you’ll get to hear. And who I’ll hopefully be getting session tracks for the show from. If there aren’t descriptions yet you’ll have to do some leg work of your own, but I’ll update to include one for everyone.

Fatherson – One of my ones to watch in 2013. Fantastic at being a bit mellow, fantastic at being really loud, sometimes in the same song! Great folk rock music fronted by a very powerful voice and bouyed by very strong lyrics.
Randolph’s Leap – a melodic 8 piece pop folks band out of Glasgow. They sound brilliant, and instead of doing my own description I’ll quote my favourite DJ. “They are ace” – Marc Riley, BBC 6Music. Don’t need any more endoursement than that in my book.
Homework
FOUND
Fake Major
United Fruit
Cherri Fosphate
Olympic Swimmers
This Silent Forest
Adam Holmes And The Embers
Trapped in Kansas
The Stagger Rats
James MacKenzie
The Winter Tradition
Michael Cassidy
Donald MacDonald And The Islands
Sienna
Poor Things
Captains
HelloVideo
Bronagh And The Boys
JP Jones
Sion Russell Jones
Tomos Lewis
Jonathan Powell
Shambles Miller
Seven Summits
Verse Metrics
The Whisky River Band
Chris Devotion and the Expectations

PHEW! That’s loads. Thankfully the start times are a bit staggered so you can in theory catch a wee bit of everyone if you want to.

E-Tickets are available from http://www.bogbainfarm.com or via the BrewDog shop. The festival lives here on Facebook, and I can be found here. See you in May!